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T.C. in the Northwest wrote:

Hello to all at CPATS!

I have a question involving history. While working with my child on a history project (for school),
I stumbled onto a bit of chronological history which perplexed me and caught my natural curiosity. Who better to answer my query than the folks at CPATS!!

My question for you is regarding the Great Schism (1378), at which time there were two popes, Urban VI (in Rome) and Clement VII (in Avignon). Apparently, this lasted almost 40 years.

  • What situations caused this to occur?
  • Who was affected?
  • How was this schism resolved?
  • Who resolved this schism?

Thanks in advance for your time and the correct version of this moment in history.

T.C. in the Northwest

  { What situations caused the Great Schism to occur, who was affected, and how was it resolved? }

Mike replied:

Hi, T.C. —

Thanks for the question.

You should be able to find some background information on the New Advent web site. The Great Schism is more appropriately known as the Western Schism; the following web page should supply all the answers to your questions.

Hope this helps,


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